|By the acts of a Creator.||By naturalistic mechanistic processes due to properties inherent in inanimate matter.|
|Creation of basic plant and animal types with characteristics complete in first representatives.||Origin of all living things from a single living source which itself arose from inanimate matter. Origin of each kind from an ancestral form by slow gradual change.|
|Variation and speciation limited within each kind.||Unlimited variation. All forms genetically related.|
|PREDICTIONS CONCERNING THE FOSSIL RECORD|
|Sudden appearance in great variety of highly complex forms.||Gradual change of simple forms into more and more complex forms.|
appearance of each created type with characteristics complete.
Sharp boundaries separating major taxonomic groups.
No transitional forms between higher categories.
Transitional series linking all categories.
No systematic gaps.
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